Kids In The Spotlight
Empowering Foster Youth Through Filmmaking
When the movie ends, the rest begins.
KIDS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Emerging talent from unexpected places.
Since its establishment in 2009, Kids In The Spotlight (KITS) has been a beacon of hope for youth impacted by foster care, offering a transformative journey through storytelling and filmmaking for more than 1030 youth through its Script-to-Screen programming.
Our mission is to support underserved youth as they reclaim their narratives, fostering self-reflection, increased agency in their lives, and support healing. By engaging with industry professionals, KITS provides unique opportunities for mentorship and workforce development, shaping the future for those who have faced the challenges of the foster care system, while they learn to write, cast, and star in their own short films.
Then, each program year culminates in our annual KITS Film Awards, an Oscar-style celebration that recognizes achievements and premieres the films on the silver screen.
You can make an impact on the youth we serve by watching films on our KITS Channel on IndieFlix!
Kids In The Spotlight
Help change the trajectory of young lives.
Kids In The Spotlight provides youth impacted by foster care a platform to be heard, a start to their careers, and a place to heal and find inspiration. KITS is erasing the limits of the foster system with every film released. And with Hollywood-level production and opportunities, KITS filmmakers are bringing their talent to our creative community. It’s an impact you can see.
KITS helps youth impacted by foster care heal and grow from trauma through the power of storytelling and filmmaking.
KITS’ purpose is to disrupt the negative outcomes associated with youth from the foster care system, change the narrative, and redirect the life trajectory of L.A.’s foster youth.
KITS envision a pipeline of Black and Brown entertainment industry leaders in positions of decision-making power.
KITS provides space, experiences, and tools that enable youth to write, cast, and star in their own short films.
We Are Shifting The Paradigm In Foster Care
Selected KITS programs and services are generously supported by WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation) and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This organization is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.
This organization is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.
Selected KITS workshops are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.